What to Expect When Your Plumber Installs a New Water Heater

September 20, 2022

If your old water heater is on its last leg or if you’re simply upgrading to a newer and more efficient model, you’ll need to have it installed by a professional. Here’s what you can expect when your plumber comes to install your new water heater. Step 1: Your Plumber Will Shut Off the Water Supply Before any work can be done, your plumber will need to shut off the water supply to your home. This is usually done at the main water shut-off valve, which is typically located near the street or property line.

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Mini-Split vs. Central Air Conditioning Efficiency

August 16, 2022

There is a lot of talk about mini-split units because they are newer on the U.S. air conditioning market than central air conditioning systems. Many people ask us at Smedley Service in Layton what would be the most energy-efficient air conditioning system for their home, a mini-split unit or central air? The answer is that it really depends upon characteristics of your home, your current air conditioning system, and even the number of people in your home as well as their habits. What Is a Mini-Split Air Conditioning System? As you know, central air conditioning systems

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5 Ways to Find a Leak in Your Plumbing

July 15, 2022

Most homeowners have to deal with a plumbing leak at some point. While a small drip may not seem like a big deal, it can waste a lot of water and increase your water bill. If left unchecked, a leak can cause serious damage to your home. So, if you suspect a leak in your plumbing, it’s important to take action immediately. But how do you know if you have a plumbing leak? And what should you do if you find one? 1. Watch the Water Meter Your water meter is your best friend when finding

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What Is a Wet Vent in Plumbing?

June 20, 2022

Plumbing has many unusual components that are not easy to identify for the average homeowner. Many parts and pieces do more than move the water throughout your house. A wet vent is an essential addition to the your home’s pipes that drains water and vents one or more pipes together. These vents keep smell and gas from waste out of your house. How Many Plumbed Items Use Wet Vents? Wet vents can have multiple items hooked up to them. There are a few rules for installing wet vents that also regulate how many pipes and

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Why Closing Your Upstairs Air Vents Won’t Save You Cash

May 20, 2022

There are many ways to cut the energy bills in your Layton, Utah home. However, closing the upstairs air vents isn’t one of them. Like most homeowners, you may have unused rooms or zones throughout your residence that you’re constantly heating or cooling. Although cutting off the supply of heated or conditioned air to these spaces might seem like a good idea, it can actually wind up costing you far more money than it saves. Keep reading to find out why. Closing Air Vents Is Bad for the Entire HVAC System Closing HVAC air vents in

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How Do Ductless Air Conditioners Work?

April 15, 2022

How Do Ductless Air Conditioners Work? If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning unit and have ample space to cool, you might be considering purchasing a ductless air conditioner. They are also known as mini-split air conditioners. You might wonder, though, how do they work? It’s pretty simple! Air conditioners in the past have been considered bulky, noisy, and not very attractive. However, ductless air conditioner systems have changed by using innovative technology to produce a much more modern and efficient unit. How Ductless Air Conditioning Works A ductless

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Is a Used Furnace a Safe Option to Save Money?

March 17, 2022

Buying a new furnace can be an expensive proposition. In most cases, you’ll need to spend at least $1,000 to $1,500 for even the most basic furnace, and this cost could rise to well over $5,000 if your home is larger or you want a high-efficiency unit. These prices are just for the furnace itself as you’ll also need to pay even more for installation. All of this means that a new furnace is a major investment. Some homeowners attempt to save by buying a used furnace instead. However, this is really something you should never do, and here are

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Choosing the Best Time to Get a New Air Conditioner

February 15, 2022

Among the many responsibilities of homeownership, the necessity to maintain a reasonable indoor temperature and keep everyone who lives in the residence comfortable is one of the most important. Obviously, this requires a properly functioning air conditioner during the summer months in Layton. However, as cooling systems get older, they don’t handle the task as well as they once did. Eventually, the system must be replaced to keep the home safe and livable. Everyone has to face this sooner or later, and a wise homeowner begins thinking about it in advance. After all, you’d prefer to do this upgrade when

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Tips to Ensure You Buy the Ideal Furnace for Your Home

January 10, 2022

Whether you’re moving into a new home or your existing furnace has reached the end of its lifespan, it’s time to start looking for a new one. If you haven’t kept up with furnace technology over the recent decade, there are a lot of new features you may not know about. By following our furnace buying tips below, you can ensure that you purchase a furnace that meets your needs. Picking a Furnace Type While all furnaces work in generally the same way, they can be powered by four different types of fuel. These include electric,

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Why Is My Furnace Rusty?

December 20, 2021

If the furnace in your Layton home is properly sized and correctly installed, it should give you a decade or more of reliable service. Notwithstanding this fact, you’ll invariably notice signs of general wear as time goes on. Rust is one of these signs and unfortunately, rust is always a serious issue in home heating systems. This is especially true when it develops at or around the heat exchanger or in ventilation areas. Following are several reasons why your furnace has rust along with a few tips for dealing with it. High Levels of Humidity and

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